Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a grassroots organization grounded in Jewish tradition that opposes all forms of racism and advocates for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine. Our strength comes from our members. IJV has active chapters in cities and on university campuses across the country.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) re-definition of antisemitism is up for a vote at another city council - this time in Calgary. The IHRA definition conflates legitimate criticism of Israel with antisemitism, which is why it’s being weaponized by pro-Israel lobby groups like B’nai Brith Canada and the Centre...
Our movement for peace and justice in Israel-Palestine is currently facing unprecedented attack by right-wing pro-Israel groups. No longer able to defend Israel’s record, these lobby groups have ramped up their efforts to silence defenders of Palestinian human rights. Their weapon of choice is the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)...
The Hardest Conversation seeks to offer a safe and anonymous space for Jews to have conversations about Israel that many of us work very hard to avoid. These conversations are difficult, but we believe that they are deeply important. Our volunteers are here to connect with anyone who doesn’t feel...
Antisemitism is a real problem and must be fought in all its forms. Yet the primary goal of those promoting the IHRA definition of antisemitism is to ban or criminalize criticism of Israel and of Zionism, and silence support for Palestinian rights. The IHRA definition thus represents a threat to...
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism has recently been adopted by the Liberal government as part of its so-called “Antiracism strategy.” Why the big push for a new definition? And why are so many human rights and civil liberties organizations objecting to it? Prof. Amos Goldberg will take...
BREAKING: Calgary City Council passes antisemitism resolution without the IHRA re-definition of antisemitism!
“This is a major victory for all who oppose antisemitism and support Palestinian human rights,” said Miriam Meir of IJV’s Calgary chapter. “The IHRA re-definition is being used to shut down legitimate criticism of Israel, and thankfully, our City Councillors saw that.”
Calgary, 18 November 2019--Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) applauds Calgary City Councillors Diane Colley-Urquhart and Jeromy Farkas for amending their motion on Antisemitism to exclude the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
Dahlia Scheindlin on Netanyahu's racist incitement: “Turning Palestinian-Arab citizens into an existential threat of real destruction is a fabrication at the level of a blood libel. That’s something Jews should understand.”
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The prime minister organized an emergency Likud gathering Sunday night, in which he accused Israel's Arabs of supporting terror and wanting to destroy the State of Israel. We know how this kind of thing can end.
A report about the recent Students for Justice in Palestine national conference at the University of Minnesota attended by over 350 people. Conference organizers endured threats and harassment from pro-Israel groups who tried to shut down the event which proceeded as planned. ... See MoreSee Less
Despite an international campaign attempting to censor the 9th National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) conference, hundreds of students gathered Nov. 1-3 at the University of Minnesota (UMN) to strengthen student organizing across the country. NSJP and its attendees were subject to numerou
The fight isn't over yet! Although Calgary City Councillors agreed to drop official adoption of the IHRA definition (which is huge!), the motion still includes it in a whereas statement:
"Antisemitism can only be overcome by education, increased awareness, strong political condemnation, and enforcement of relevant laws anchored in the IHRA definition as a clear means of identifying hatred toward Jews".
Write to them now to let them know that: (1) this statement is factually wrong - there are no laws anchored in the IHRA definition; (2) the inclusion of this clause would set a dangerous precedent; and (3) Criticism of Israel is not antisemitic!